Samsung is planning to launch a foldable smartphone named Galaxy X (that’s so we have known) in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Futuristic foldable phones could become a reality with this. A foldable phone will able to fold inward or outward. By folding out it will become a tablet-like device. This is possible with the use of a bendable (rather than flexible, as seen in the Galaxy S7 edge) OLED panel.
According to a source that spoke to the Korea Herald, “Samsung is expected to roll out more than 100,000 units of fold-out devices in the third quarter”. The company is still debating about the decision to unveil a foldable device this year because it is waiting about its “executive-level reshuffle”. The reshuffle has been delayed to February or March as a Samsung executive is currently involved in an alleged bribery scandal involved the recently-impeached South Korean president.
Let's see what could be in the Samsung Galaxy X phone:
For Samsung, the idea of a foldable phone isn’t new. At CES 2013, the company showed off its foldable display technology, the OLED Youm display panel. Though the device looked chunky and awkward, but even back then it somewhat worked, remaining intact after 100,000 folds with a 6% drop in brightness at the center.
This clearly wasn’t a commercial product, but later that year Samsung shows its ambition for the technology by launching a concept video of a fully bendable (and transparent) mobile device. It could be folded out from a phone-sized screen to a tablet-sized one. Surely it shows their mastery on this technology.
Samsung’s rival LG Electronics also has the technology. One of the sources said on condition of anonymity that LG is expected to produce more than 100,000 foldable devices in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Samsung Galaxy X smartphone is allegedly a part of an internal project code-named ‘Project Valley’ which does research with the foldable smartphone. Reports have suggested that the upcoming foldable smartphone will be a 5” handset. But when opened, it can be used as a 7” tablet. Not only it will have a foldable screen but also a 4K resolution display. Possibly it will come preloaded with the Android N operating system and the next-generation Snapdragon 830 processor from Qualcomm.
We will see if the future Samsung Galaxy can offer support for a microSD card slot, a camera module and water resistance in a foldable device. “Since the company already secured fold-in phone technology, it was not a big challenge to shift into the fold-out phones,” he said. “The final decision will be made after the personnel reshuffle of the company’s information technology and mobile communications unit is carried out,” the initial source said.
The handset is expected to be priced higher than the Galaxy S7, as it will be a potential game changer. Therefore, we could be looking at a starting price of $650 or higher.